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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


(“On the edge” by Muzikayise Ndlela)

Currently running in the Schreiner Gallery at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is an exhibition titled Identity or Belief? by Muzikayise Ndlela.

The artist is currently in residence and will give a walkabout of his exhibition on June 10 from 14h30 to 15h30.

Ndlela is a self-taught artist from Mpophomeni Township in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. He was born in 1979 into a Zulu family where practice of traditional customs was an expectation. His identity was structured and shaped by his traditional roots. He started drawing by making portraits for his high school teachers and classmates where his talent was discovered.

He joined Tatham Art Classes in 1998 and was encouraged by Mduduzi Xhakaza to take art into serious consideration. In 2008 he was awarded a third prize Nivea Art Awards under the mentorship of Thulani Makhaye.

His drawings, primarily executed in pastel and charcoal, challenge viewers to consider the possible conflict between identity and belief. His fundamental message is one of Ubuntu, or humanity, where we all respect one another regardless of our different cultures and beliefs.

This exhibition considers questions and conflicts he has experienced since becoming a Christian. He has taken part in group exhibitions but this is his first solo exhibition.

Identity or Belief? runs until July 24 at 17h00. The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit